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From the Desk of the President

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Spring 2020 is here! Pace President Marvin Krislov has a few words for all returning students about what to expect in the semester—and years—ahead.

Welcome back.

If you’re a returning student, I hope you had a relaxing and refreshing break. If you’re new for the spring semester, welcome! I hope you’re quickly settling back into things, connecting with your academic advisers, engaging with your activities, and hitting the books. I want to do everything I can to make sure you have a productive spring semester.

Last week, I delivered my State of the University address on all three campuses, talking about where things stand at Pace today and where we plan to go in the future. The short version is that our future looks very strong. The longer version is that our future looks very strong because of all the plans we have and the hard work we’re doing together.

We announced the next steps in our plan to redefine our New York City Campus, now with the addition of a brand-new building to essentially replace the east side of One Pace Plaza, including Maria’s Tower. The new building at Nassau Street will provide state-of-the-art new academic and common spaces and a modern residence hall to replace Maria’s, all just a block from our front door at One Pace Plaza West and next door to 41 Park Row. We’ll be starting a community-wide process to determine uses for the new academic space, and we’ll be sharing much more information in the coming months and years.

We sketched the next steps in our plan to build a strong Pleasantville campus. A task force of faculty and staff is working with the Provost’s Office to give recommendations on how to implement the findings of the Pleasantville Analysis, evaluating market demands and employment trends. We want to become a hub for biotech and health education, across all five of our schools, to best serve the thriving Westchester economy. We’re developing new programs in Pleasantville in response to market demands, and we’re enrolling even more graduate students there, recognizing that today’s job market requires lifelong learning.

And we presented a vision for a thriving future at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. Under the leadership of newly appointed Dean Horace Anderson, Haub Law is seeing enrollment rise, applications rise, and strong demand for new programs. Dean Anderson and his faculty want to better serve students, to do so more efficiently, and to better connect with the Westchester legal community. Law schools are facing challenges nationwide, but I’m confident Haub Law is well-positioned to thrive.

There is lots more going on at Pace this semester, whether Setter sports in Pleasantville or PPA performances in New York. I know you’re busy with classes and clubs, with internships and research. Whatever you’re working on, don’t forget to take care of yourself: Be sure to sleep, eat well, and exercise. Talk to your academic advisors. Visit professors at office hours. And if you need to, reach out to the Counseling Center for support.

All of us here at Pace are here to help you succeed.

Have a great semester.

Marvin Krislov